Warning as drinking driving increases

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LOTHIAN and Borders Police are advising drivers to adopt a zero alcohol stance following an increase in the number of people being reported to the Procurator Fiscal for driving a vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Over the past few months, Roads Policing officers and operational officers have been carrying out high visibility road checks throughout the Borders, targeting those, who despite repeated warnings, risk their lives and the lives of others by drinking and driving.

And last weekend alone six drivers were caught drink driving by officers on patrol in the region.

A police spokesperson commented: “We would like to take this opportunity to remind people, especially with the festive period approaching, that it is an offence for any person to drive a vehicle after consuming so much alcohol that the level of alcohol in their system is above the legal limit.

“The police appreciate that it is extremely difficult for a person to work out, in alcohol terms, how much they could drink before being over the legal limit.

“For these reasons our message is simple – if you are the designated driver, even the next day then don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol can take a considerable period of time leave the body .

“By drink driving, they are not only risking their life, but are also risking the lives of their family, friends and other road users.

“Be assured, if people choose to ignore this message and drive whilst under the influence of alcohol, they will get caught”.